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ABOUT US

TOKO means shop in Bahasa Indonesia. It references to small convenience stores all around the world. Important little social hubs where everyone drops by. 

So, an ode to connecting. A place to wonder and learn about cultures. 

THE TOKO  STORY

BEHIND THE SCENES

TOKO's first design named KIMINI is produced in Solo, Indonesia. The factory is vertically integrated, which means they buy raw materials and make the fabric. From spinning the yarn, weaving it into fabric, to finishing it (color or print), to sewing it into garments. This lowers the need for many subcontractors, which enables transparency throughout.

At TOKO, we hold the belief that each piece of clothing is a vessel for tales—a beautiful collection of cultures, memories, and the very essence of who we are. Our name, inspired by the Indonesian word for "shop", mirrors the soul of our brand— a place where stories are not just told but shared, connections are not just made but cultivated, and diversity is not just acknowledged but celebrated.

 

Our founder and creative director, Katja Horstman, believes in the importance of cross-cultural understanding. Clothing is more than just fabric; it's a canvas that echoes the whispers of our past. From her grandmother's Russian fur coat in the Netherlands to the allure of traditional Japanese kimono jackets, each design narrates stories that span generations and continents.

Nestled in Bandung, Bali, Amsterdam, our designs draw inspiration from diverse global cultures—a vibrant celebration of richness, tradition, and the beauty found in our differences.

 

TOKO is for families that understand diversity is not just to be acknowledged but to be celebrated. We stand beside parents from different cultural backgrounds, navigating the task of imparting the beauty of both sides of their heritage to their children. Our mission is to foster a sense of community that transcends borders, connecting cultures that collectively shape the tapestry we call home.

 

Every stitch tells a story and every story is a cherished part of our shared human narrative. 

‘To know another, is to know oneself’

EMPHASIS

Our emphasis is to design a beautiful future through culture. Differences around the globe are inspiring and spark curiosity. By incorporating culture into designs, children will get to know more about the world. ‘To know another is to know oneself’ to enhance their philosophical growth. 

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